Robert Furberg

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Dr Robert Furberg

Professional Title: Researcher

Primary domain: Clinical Informatics / Digital Health

Organization name: RTI International

Organization type: Academia/Research

City / Country: RTP - United States


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Robert Furberg is a senior clinical informaticist in RTI International’s Center for the Advancement of Health Information Technology where he conducts future-oriented research on technology-enabled health behavior change interventions. He has conducted studies on the use of short message service (SMS), or text messaging, to support health promotion, primary and secondary disease prevention, and treatment adherence for smoking cessation, antiretroviral therapy adherence, and management of chronic asthma across a variety of patient populations. Among providers, he explores how the increased engagement of clinicians online can be used to improve health care delivery, health education, patient and family engagement, patient–clinician communication, and clinical decision support. He has led the design, clinical implementation, or evaluation of several smartphone and tablet-based applications for a variety of conditions, including screening pediatric patients at risk for cardiovascular disease, promoting preventive health services and informed medical decision making in primary care, and improving treatment adherence among persons living with HIV. Dr. Furberg is especially interested in the design, development, and evaluation of evidence-based digital health interventions to drive innovation in the theoretical and methodological foundations of behavioral science and public health. Much of his current work emphasizes the importance of user-centered design and the use of new engagement mechanisms to support health promotion, prevention, and chronic disease management.